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I started playing sax. I need to find me place to practice before being killed by my neighbors. I am thinking to soundproof my small room. It does not need to be 100% soundproof, but it's enough if it does not disturb people next door a lot. I can not invest a lot.

  • Are there any inexpensive materials / methods you can suggest?
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Egg cartons and beverage holders, like from a drive through, work surprisingly well. – Tony Feb 4 '13 at 15:08
This question might be of help to you: – American Luke Feb 5 '13 at 0:31
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You need things which will absorb as much sound as possible - things like sofas, carpets and curtains will all cut down the amount of noise which escapes the room; similarly, having things over the walls - like drapes or curtains, or covering them with egg boxes - will dampen down the sound outside the room.

The heavier the material you use in the room the better - my music teacher built a sand-filled partition around his practice room to soundproof it!

You might want to look at things like doors and windows which have gaps around them - these are another source of sound escaping. Putting a draught excluder or similar at the foot of the door would help a little.

Finally, you could look into practice mutes - I have one for my trumpet which reduces the noise significantly (although it does change the tone) - presumably they exist for saxes as well.

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While there is such a thing as a "practice mute" for saxophone, it is in essence a case in which to put the saxophone to muffle the sound while playing. I've never seen one in person, but I cannot imagine the device working satisfactorily. Because woodwinds produce sound through their tone holes, brass-style bell-insertion mutes do not work for woodwind instruments. – Andrew Feb 4 '13 at 23:46

As an alternative to soundproofing a room, I can recommend the E-sax "Whisper mute," which I have for my alto. It muffles the external sound down to something you can get away in a typical house (it's as quiet as the TV, typically) and doesn't affect the action of the sax so much that the practise isn't useful. It includes a line in and a headphone out socket so you can listen to the sound more clearly and include a CD/other audio in your practise.

It is heavy though (which is great when you finally come to play without it) and a little restrictive on your hands (less great). It does also affect the production of the altissimo notes.

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